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Battalion chief: Fire leaves 1 unit of a building uninhabitable

Campbell County Fire Department responded Jan. 18 to a fire at 1004 Stanley Ave., Gillette. (Mary Stroka/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Nobody was injured in a fire that started this morning on the ground floor of one of the four units of a building in Gillette, Campbell County Fire Department Battalion Chief Ryan Fox said.

Fifteen firefighters and two fire chiefs responded to the fire at 11:46 a.m. Jan. 18, he said at about 12:30 p.m. outside the building, which is at 1004 Stanley Ave.

He said the unit in which the fire started, No. 4, is one of the building’s two units that are unoccupied because they’re being renovated. No. 4 is now uninhabitable, but the other three remain inhabitable once the fire department finishes ventilating the building, he said.

No. 4 suffered damage while the other units had smoke damage but no water or fire damage, Fox said.

Residents in another unit, No. 3, of the building were home at the time of the fire, Fox said. They were able to evacuate before firefighters arrived on scene, and residents in No. 1 weren’t home at the time of the fire, he said. Fox said he doesn’t know how many people live in No. 3.

He said firefighters would likely be able to leave the scene around 1:30 p.m., though the fire investigator may stay longer. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Fox said.

Fox said that while he doesn’t know whether smoke alarms responded to the fire, he wanted to remind residents to check their smoke alarms.

He said he didn’t know who reported the fire to the fire department.

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